Our birth pools start at 1.3 metres (4’ 3”) wide which we believe is the minimum for a mother-to-be to enjoy the full benefit of using water for labour and/or birth. They measure between 1.3m (4’ 3”) and 1.55m (5’ 1”) across flats (a pair of parallel sides). Their maximum width dimension between the opposite corners of the hexagonal is between 1.50m (4’11”) and 1.78m (5’10”).
Our pools are also deeper than an ordinary bath at approximately 0.701 metres high (2 feet 4 inches).
Our birth pools weigh approximately 750 – 1000 Kg when filled, and have a capacity of 750 – 1000 litres (200 – 264 gallons).
measure: approximately1.55m (5’ 1”) across flats (a pair of parallel sides). with maximum width dimension between the opposite corners of the hexagonal approximately 1.78m (5’10”).
depth: 0.701 metres high (2 feet 4 inches).
weight: approximtely 1000kg when filled holding approximately 264 gallons
All our pools are the same cost to hire at £195 for an 'all-in' package. Please go to Hire Costs and Details for more information.
Unlike domestic baths, Blue Lagoon birth pools are well-insulated ; They retain their heat well, only losing an average of 1° every 3 hours . They can be easily topped up manually if the temperature drops slightly in use.
Blue Lagoon Pools are easy to assemble, (about 10 minutes), and come with all necessary accessories.
Our pools are portable so you can position them where you want, prior to filling. At home, we do generally recommend the ground floor, but we can give you practical advice to help you make a decision on location.
We pride ourselves on our attention to practical detail. For example, we make certain of which kind of tap adaptor will be likely to fit your taps, discuss which size of birthpool would best suit your needs, and can also give you practical advice on weight-loading and positioning your birthpool.
If you provide us with the relevant measurements of your floor we can give you some general structural advice to help you decide. Blue Lagoon has access to advice from a Structural Engineer.
It is worth knowing that we have never had any problems with weight loading since we started hiring out birth pools in 1992.
Filling our birth pools is straightforward, but filling time will depend on your supply of hot water. Most people find their domestic system is adequate to fill a pool in reasonable time.
We provide a small plastic stool (see picture) as one of our standard accessories. These types of stool should never be used by the labouring woman getting in or out of the pool. They are provided for use by the birth partner or midwife to sit on near the pool for convenience. This has been found to be highly effective.
We also provide a heat retention cover (see picture above) to help control the humidity and reduces any heat loss when not in use, once filled.
Emptying the pools is done with a submersible pump which can get rid of almost all of the water down to the last couple of centimetres. The pump comes with output hose-pipe, in its own box, and is fitted with a safety plug.
A trial run, once you receive your pool, is always worth while as amongst other benefits it also gives you a chance to see how long it will take to fill.
You can also use this opportunity to relax in the birth pool and practice positions suitable for an active labour and/or birth. You may even enjoy relaxing in the pool after the birth too.
We provide everyone who hires a pool from us with comprehensive instructions for assembly and use, offering more detail than we mention here.
You can also find a list of the accessories we provide on our Blue Lagoon Birth Pools - Hire Costs & Details page.
Always remember to follow our guidelines and the advice of your midwife.